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2:35 PM ET, November 18, 2020

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Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Are Republicans Really Favored in Georgia?  —  ANALYSIS  —  Control of the Senate is going to come down to two Jan. 5 runoffs in Georgia.  Sen. David Perdue came a hair's breadth from winning his race against Jon Ossoff outright, but ultimately fell just short of 50% plus one.
Discussion: HotAir and Fox News
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: How Republicans see what Trump is doing  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  HOW REPUBLICANS SEE WHAT TRUMP IS DOING: It's been 15 days since the presidential election …
Katie Thomas / New York Times:
New Pfizer Results: Coronavirus Vaccine Is Safe and 95% Effective  —  The company said it planned to apply for emergency approval from the Food and Drug Administration “within days.”  —  The drug maker Pfizer said on Wednesday that its coronavirus vaccine was 95 percent effective …
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The Americano:
These Four Groups Will Likely Be First to Get COVID-19 Vaccine  —  A pharmacist gives Jennifer Haller, left, the first shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19.  —  Vaccine supplies will be limited at first, yet getting the shots to the right people …
Discussion: The Guardian
Pfizer:
Pfizer and BioNTech Conclude Phase 3 Study of COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate, Meeting All Primary Efficacy Endpoints
FOX 11 Los Angeles:
FOX 11 obtains exclusive photos of Gov. Newsom at French restaurant allegedly not following COVID-19 protocols  —  FOX 11 obtains exclusive photos of dinner Newsom attended  —  A FOX 11 exclusive on a story that has been making headlines across the state and the country.
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Politico:
California doctors' top brass attended French Laundry dinner with Newsom  —  OAKLAND — California Medical Association officials were among the guests seated next to Gov. Gavin Newsom at a top California political operative's opulent birthday dinner at the French Laundry restaurant this month.
Emma Colton / Washington Examiner:
Photos surface of maskless Newsom breaking own coronavirus restrictions to attend swanky party
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Townhall
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Half of Republicans say Biden won because of a ‘rigged’ election: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  (Reuters) - About half of all Republicans believe President Donald Trump “rightfully won” the U.S. election but that it was stolen from him by widespread voter fraud that favored Democratic President-elect Joe Biden …
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New York Times:
Michigan Republicans Backtrack After Refusing to Certify Election Results  —  G.O.P. members of the elections board in Wayne County, which includes Detroit and is heavily Democratic, reversed their decision to hold up approval of Joe Biden's victory after an outcry.
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Andrew Prokop / Vox:
The disturbing GOP attempt to block certification of Biden's Michigan win, explained
NBC News:
Trump's effort to overturn the election results may be inept.  But it's still a scandal.  —  WASHINGTON — Forget Russia's interference in the 2016 election.  Or Trump's impeachment for asking Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden.  —  Arguably the biggest political scandal we've ever seen …
Nicholas Connors / The Bulwark:
Lindsey Graham Is the Worst  —  A former staffer explains why Graham is everything that's wrong with American politics.  —  I worked for Lindsey Graham's 2016 presidential campaign as his national director of ballot access and delegates.  As part of his senior staff, I spent …
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump lashes out in new bid to tarnish an election he lost
ProPublica:
Trump Campaign Officials Started Pressuring Georgia's Secretary of State Long Before the Election  —  The Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, rejected repeated demands to endorse Trump.  As the official overseeing the voting, he believed he should remain neutral.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
‘This is not a television program’: Mulvaney slams Giuliani's role on Trump campaign legal team  —  Former acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Wednesday slammed Rudy Giuliani's leadership of the Trump campaign's election-related legal challenges, saying the effort to reverse …
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
Danish Study Questions Use of Masks to Protect Wearers  —  Masks prevent people from transmitting the coronavirus to others, scientists now agree.  But a new trial failed to document protection from the virus among the wearers.  —  Researchers in Denmark reported on Wednesday that surgical masks …
Eliza Shapiro / New York Times:
New York City to Close Public Schools Again as Virus Cases Rise  —  In a big setback for the city's recovery, the schools chancellor, Richard Carranza, said the nation's largest district would return to all-remote learning.  —  New York City's entire public school system will shutter on Thursday …
Discussion: Gothamist and The Guardian
Associated Press:
US charges against former Mexican general are dropped  —  NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday formally dropped a drug trafficking and money laundering case against a former Mexican defense secretary, a decision that came after Mexico threatened to cut off cooperation with U.S. authorities unless the general was sent home.
Discussion: CBS News and Bloomberg
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Hand Back to Mexico Ex-Defense Minister Accused of Drug Corruption
Discussion: Al Jazeera and Forbes
Paul John Scott / Twin Cities:
900 on Mayo Clinic staff have contracted coronavirus in last two weeks  —  All 32 beds in dedicated Covid ICU at Mayo are now full, clinic adding more beds  —  ROCHESTER, Minn. — Over 900 Mayo Clinic staff have contracted COVID-19 in the past two weeks, according to a Tuesday briefing by Dr. Amy Williams, dean of clinical practice.
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
Perry Bacon Jr / FiveThirtyEight:
How Georgia Turned Blue  —  In 2008, Barack Obama won about 47 percent of the vote in Georgia, a huge improvement for the Democrats from four years earlier, when John Kerry received just 41 percent in the state.  And with the Atlanta metro area booming in population, it seemed like a state …
Discussion: Business Insider
Politico:
'I'm not a f—ing socialist': Florida Democrats are having a postelection meltdown  —  TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — It wasn't just one bad cycle.  For Democrats in Florida, Election Day 2020 was a tipping point in a long, painful buildup to irrelevancy.  —  After suffering crushing losses …
Eli Rosenberg / Washington Post:
If Congress doesn't act, 12 million Americans could lose unemployment aid by the end of the year  —  Deadlines set by Congress early in the pandemic will result in about 12 million Americans losing unemployment insurance by the year's end, according to a report released Wednesday …
Politico:
Pelosi suggests she'll serve her last term as speaker  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi easily secured her caucus' nomination to lead the House on Wednesday and later seemed to reaffirm that this would be her last term as speaker, a jolting revelation after nearly two decades in power.
Ari Berman / Mother Jones:
Trump's Strategy for Contesting the Election: Throw Out Black People's Votes  —  Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.  —  On Tuesday night, when two Republicans on the canvassing board in Wayne County …
Associated Press:
Trump faces Wednesday deadline for Wisconsin recount  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump faces a deadline Wednesday to file for a recount in Wisconsin.  —  Canvassed vote results submitted by all 72 counties show Democrat Joe Biden beat Trump by 20,608 votes.
CNN:
‘Just ridiculous’: CNN speaks to Georgia voter the Trump campaign falsely accused of casting ballot in the name of a dead woman  —  Blitzer asks GOP official about Graham accusation  —  Atlanta (CNN)President Donald Trump's campaign and Fox News host Tucker Carlson alleged last week …
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Biden builds team for Senate confirmation battles  —  President-elect Joe Biden hasn't nominated anyone for his Cabinet yet, but he's assembling the team to get his future picks confirmed.  —  With Republicans favored to retain their majority in the Senate next year, Biden's Cabinet is poised …
US Food and Drug Administration:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 Test for Self-Testing at Home  —  For Immediate Release:  —  Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first COVID-19 diagnostic test for self-testing at home and that provides rapid results.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump has achieved one of his post-election goals: sowing doubt about the outcome with his base  —  One can think of the last two weeks as President Trump setting both a goal and a stretch goal.  A goal is something he hopes to achieve.  A stretch goal, by contrast, is something …
Discussion: Vox and USA Today
Matt Egan / CNN:
Joe Biden fires an early warning shot at Wall Street  —  New York (CNN Business)Elizabeth Warren's fingerprints are all over the Biden transition, much to Wall Street's dismay.  —  President-elect Joe Biden's agency review teams include several people who share Warren's reputation for being tough on the financial industry.
CBS Boston:
Bill Belichick Calls For U.S. To Take Action Against Turkey, Azerbaijan For ‘Unprovoked And Deadly Attacks On Armenians’  —  BOSTON (CBS) — Bill Belichick's press conference took an unexpected turn into global politics on Wednesday morning.  —  It happened after the Patriots' head coach …
The Daily Beast:
'He's a Destructive Force': Health Officials Want Scott Atlas Banished  —  Trump's favorite COVID adviser has been a thorn for others before.  But with the pandemic worsening, his counsel is now seen as particularly dangerous.  —  As communities across the U.S. scramble to treat COVID-19 patients …
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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CNN:
What the Greatest Generation had that the Covid generation lacks
Discussion: Alternet.org
Nomaan Merchant / Associated Press:
Judge orders US to stop expelling children who cross border
Wall Street Journal:
In Minnesota and Beyond, ‘Defund the Police’ Weighed on Democrats
Matthew Kassel / Jewish Insider:
Eliot Engel looks back
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
More than 3 million people in U.S. estimated to be contagious with the coronavirus
Discussion: The Hill and Blue Virginia
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former Army Green Beret Pleads Guilty to Russian Espionage Conspiracy
Craig Karmin / Wall Street Journal:
New York Hotel Owners to Pay $500 Million to Pandemic-Hit Workers
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Right-wing trolls launch Stop the Steal PAC to cash in on election lies
Tom LoBianco / Business Insider:
Time to drop the disappearing act.  Pence allies say the lame duck VP needs to stay in the public spotlight if he wants to be a viable 2024 presidential candidate.
New York Times:
A Trump Memoir Would Sell. Will Publishers Buy It?
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Voter Fraud: The Crime That Must Not Be Mentioned
Discussion: RedState and Axios
Jake Bleiberg / Associated Press:
AP Sources: FBI is investigating Texas attorney general
Wall Street Journal:
Rage Against the Voting Machine